Limoncello {Recipe}

Back in 2008 we went on a cruise around the Meditteranean. We went on one of the excursions to Sorrento and took advantage of the Limoncello shops on offer. We ended up buying a bottle of Limoncello, as well as a creamy one and a creamy melon version too.
We wanted to enjoy these when we got home, except we got home and realised that not only had we brought home these bottles, we had also brought home an extra little treat which was growing in my tummy, therefore I didn't get to enjoy them although my husband obviously did.

We've tried various different brands over the years but nothing compared to the traditional Sorrento drinks.
Then, a few weeks back I decided to see how easy it would be to make and couldn't believe how simple it is!
And with that, the following day I was peeling lemons and starting to make our own bottles of Limoncello.
We are SO impressed with the outcome and will be making another batch for Christmas presents too.

You will need:
5 lemons
Bottle of Vodka-1 litre
750 g of Caster Sugar
500ml boiling water

Grate the lemons, try to just get the rind and not the pith. Put the zest into a jar and pour in the vokda.
Cover the jar tightly with cling film and put to the side for a week. You need to stir this everyday, I just used to whirl the bottle around and it gave the desired effect.
After 7 days, take another jar and put in the Caster Sugar, pour over the boiling water and stir until all of the sugar has dissolved.
Next pour over the vodka and the zest, giving all of the ingredients a good stir. I had to use two jars as I didn't have one big enough for the whole of the mixture.
Again, cover tightly with cling film and leave for a week. Stirring, or whirling, every day.
Then, 7 days later pour your Limoncello in a bottle and tahdah! All done.
I added some rind to our bottles to make it look pretty and I think it adds to the homemade effect.
With a simple wooden star as a gift tag around the top I think these will make beautiful gifts.

Once made the drinks last around 3 months.

You can either drink the Limoncello slowly from a shot glass, or tumbler, or pour it over ice cream.
I also added a dash of it to Diet Coke and it worked really really well.

Recipe fills two 2 litres bottles with a tiny bit to spare.

When life gives you lemons, make Limoncello!

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